The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where, over the years, many ships and planes allegedly disappeared without a trace.
Stories of such vanishings were being reported as early as 1950 but, during the 1970s, obsession with this “cursed” area of the sea took hold on a colossal scale and there was always some TV special on the Bermuda Triangle, with foggy re-enactment footage of planes vanishing in thin air.
In 1969, author John Spencer published a book called Limbo of the Lost and, in 1974, two additional texts on the subject were published; Richard Winer’s The Devil’s Triangle and Charles Berlitz’s The Bermuda Triangle, the latter of which became a best-seller, selling over twenty million copies worldwide.
After the success of these books the floodgates opened, beginning with TV movies such as Satan’s Triangle (1974) starring Doug McClure and Kim Novak, and Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975) starring Sam Groom, Dana Plato and Fred MacMurray.
In 1976, an episode of the Saturday morning cartoon series Jabber Jaw aired a story called ‘The Bermuda Triangle Tangle’ and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman got into the act as well with ‘The Bermuda Triangle Crisis’.
Most notable of all, however, was The Fantastic Journey (1977), a short-lived sci-fi series starring Roddy McDowall about a group of students who plunge through a green cloud in the Bermuda Triangle and end up on an island that straddles all periods of time.